Sunday, August 12, 2012

What songs matter to you the most?

The Guardian has recently started a project called Six Songs of Me that asks which songs matter most to each of us on a personal level.

Alanis Morissette
Photo by MvanM

I thought it might be a fun idea to do the same kind of survey here, but in the context of songs we have sung ourselves – whether we learnt them from our Mum, at school or in a professional choir.

The kind of songs I’m thinking of might be:
  • the first song you remember hearing
  • the song you like singing the most
  • the song that you’d really like to learn
  • the song you most like to perform solo
  • the first song you ever learnt be heart
  • the song you’ve sung to a lover
Not an exhaustive list by any means, but something to get you thinking.

To kick us off, here are a few of mine.

The first song I remember is my mother singing “Mama’s little baby loves shortening bread.”

One of the first songs I learnt was from schools radio and begins “This is the way the ladies ride”.

One of the songs I most like performing is “She moved through the fair”.

The song I like singing most in harmony with others is the Corsican song Terzini Guagnesi.
My favourite duet is to sing Cancion Mixteca.

Please leave a comment and share with us the songs that matter to you the most (and why).
I look forward to hearing them!

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